SlideZip rules!

SlideZip rules!

Hello Internet! I had an idea for a product last summer to help with my presentations. I wanted to find a way to allow people to easily and quickly get access to the presentation materials (and other stuff) while keeping the conversation going after I left the stage. Gene Kim and I discussed a number of options, and within a few hours I had something crude cobbled together. Folks at my talks could get the slides by sending a quick text message to an address, and BAM! Slides in their inbox!

It worked great for me, but required too much customization to be actually useful.

In February after I left RSA, I decided that it was time to re-learn Ruby on Rails and get this thing coded for the masses—and SlideZip was born! I’ve been quietly testing it for about four months now with my own presentations as well as with others. And last week I finally pushed all of the tweaks live for you all to use. I added some pretty cool features for you all, and the best part is that you can try it for free! Here’s a list of features:

  • Receive the slides by sending a text message (MMS)
  • Automatically produce a QR code that people can scan
  • Seamless MailChimp integration
  • Unlimited Zips for paid accounts ($5/mo, that’s Sofa King Cheap!)
  • Ability to expire zips so they only work for so long
  • Customizations and personalization for your account and Zip codes
  • And more to come…

So why not give it a shot? It’s free to try! The best part about the product is you can start your talk off with “You will get a copy of the slides at the end if you like, so no need to snap pix with your camera phone,” and finish with “Thanks for playing folks! Get yer slides here!” I’d love to hear what you think!

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